Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu arrested over corruption


Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu  was on Tuesday arrested in the latest crackdown on graft.

Philomena left the Supreme Court with Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti for questioning at the DCI headquarters.

The DCJ’s car was seen leaving the Supreme Court with Kinoti’s closely following some minutes to 2pm.

Her arrest followed a crisis meeting held by the Judiciary Service Commission on Tuesday morning.

According to the DPP Noordin Hajj, Mwilu was arrested over abuse of office and accepting of gifts in unclear circumstances.

Mwilu has also been linked to the Imperial bank saga which was placed in receivership in 2015.

“ Obtaining execution of a security belonging to the Imperial bank now in receivership by false pretenseUnlawful failure to pay taxes,” Noordin Hajj  said.

Hajj said that the decision to arrest Ms Mwilu was not well received though the Chief Justice David Maraga had consented to the arrest.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but it is the right decision under the law. Most of us in the office of the Public Prosecutor are indeed officers of the court and the dignity and independence of the Judiciary is dear to us”  Hajj added.